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Will Black Sea cuisine be Erdogan's lasting legacy?

Once looked down on as bland and basic, Black Sea cuisine flourishes in Istanbul as a nutritional and exotic option.
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As Erdoganmania loses pace, Al-Monitor asked over the course of four weeks in July and August more than 200 people from Ankara and Istanbul what would be the most memorable legacy of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Most answers were about politics, yet a significant number of those informally surveyed suggested the spread of “Black Sea culture and cuisine” as the most pleasant legacy of Erdogan.

Although born and raised in Istanbul, Erdogan’s ancestral roots are in Rize, a northeastern province on the Black Sea coast. The region with steep mountains receives high levels of rain and has limited fertile land that can be cultivated.

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